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danimal15

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Mr. Beef Tue, 08/30/05 2:13 PM (permalink)
Just got back from lunch at Mr. Beef in Chicago and am glad to report that the sandwich was fully stuffed with beef. A while back I'd posted to ask if anyone had noticed the sandwiches there getting a bit thin on the beef. No problems this time - I could barely finish it (well, not really!). Anyway, the beef was just as garlicky, juicy and thinly sliced as ever, and the fries were nice and crunchy. Now I feel a bit sick, but so it goes.
 
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    abowes

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    • Location: Durham, NC
    RE: Mr. Beef Wed, 08/31/05 10:40 AM (permalink)
    So... you were complaining that they weren't putting in enough beef to make you sick??? Sounds like the "skimpier" version was a better deal, for them and you.
     
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      danimal15

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      RE: Mr. Beef Wed, 08/31/05 3:45 PM (permalink)
      You've got a point. I'm usually very good at limiting my intake, but when I get to Mr. Beef all bets are off!
       
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        TJ Jackson

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        RE: Mr. Beef Wed, 08/31/05 6:59 PM (permalink)
        One of the best sandwiches i have eaten in my entire life.....

         
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          V960

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          RE: Mr. Beef Thu, 09/1/05 10:24 AM (permalink)
          Great stuff.
           
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            danimal15

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            RE: Mr. Beef Fri, 09/2/05 3:19 PM (permalink)
            The beef and roll look fine, but what's with the onions? And where are the peppers? Doesn't look authentic to me. Where did you get it?
             
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              hatteras04

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              RE: Mr. Beef Fri, 09/2/05 3:50 PM (permalink)
              He got it at Mr. Beef. The man drove all the way to Chicago for no other reason than to get this sandwich. Don't make him feel bad about that. See this thread:

              http://www.roadfood.com/Forums/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=9018&whichpage=3
               
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                TJ Jackson

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                RE: Mr. Beef Fri, 09/2/05 4:15 PM (permalink)
                I didn't want the peppers..... :-)

                I've also tried giardinera and didn't like it too well, proabably is an acquired taste....
                 
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                  danimal15

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                  RE: Mr. Beef Fri, 09/2/05 11:08 PM (permalink)
                  OK, sorry. I've just never seen onions on an Italian beef sandwich. But I suppose you can have them if you ask for them. I do know some places ask if you want cheese on an Italian beef, which to me is really sacreligious.
                   
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                    danimal15

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                    RE: Mr. Beef Fri, 09/2/05 11:14 PM (permalink)
                    TJ,

                    Now that I've seen your post on your visit to Mr. Beef I want to apologize for belittling that photo. You are a true Roadfood warrior, and you chose well in visiting Chicago, my home city. I'll think of you next time I'm at Mr. Beef, and won't take for granted the easy walk there from my office, knowing others have come so far to partake.

                    Dan
                     
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                      TJ Jackson

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                      RE: Mr. Beef Sat, 09/3/05 10:28 AM (permalink)
                      No apologies needed :-) but thanks anyway :-)

                      I'm craving another one, btw, and this time sweet peppers will do nicely......how long before you can be on the road down to Cincinnati to deliver it to me? :-)

                      Pretty much if I eat any kind of beef sandwich - hamburger, steak sandwich, beef bbq, whatever - I almost always want onions. To me, it's simply a perfect and natural pairing of flavors.

                      oh, and you made me remember....they counter guy at Mr Beef did in fact ask me if I wanted cheese on my beef. I recall thinking something along the lines of: hmm....how odd to be asked this.....I have never ever seen cheese on any picture of an italian beef sandwich. I've seen giardinera (sp?), sport peppers, and sweet peppers. Never cheese. Why is this guy asking me this? So yeah, very odd, he did indeed ask me. Maybe out-of-towners regularly ask for cheese or something. Not this one, though. I just thanked him and said no cheese, and am so glad I did.
                       
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                        danimal15

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                        RE: Mr. Beef Sat, 09/3/05 8:57 PM (permalink)
                        He probably knew you were an out of towner by the way you ordered. Regulars, like me, do it this way: "Beef - sweet. Fries. Root beer." Then they know you mean business and you get your food right away with no questions asked. I'm astonished they asked if you wanted cheese. Next time I'm there I'll ask how long they've offered that - never heard of cheese on an Italian beef sandwich - never. I wonder what Jay Leno, a Mr. Beef afficonado, would think if he heard that!

                        As for the drive - maybe we could meet in the middle - I'll bring the Mr. Beef - you bring the chili and the Graeter's ice cream!
                         
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                          DandyDog

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                          RE: Mr. Beef Sat, 07/28/07 4:34 PM (permalink)
                          Excuse me for my ignorance, but I've never had an Italian Beef. Can someone please give me a great recipe?
                          Thanks
                           
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                            KOK

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                            RE: Mr. Beef Tue, 07/31/07 2:19 PM (permalink)
                            quote:
                            Originally posted by DandyDog
                            Excuse me for my ignorance, but I've never had an Italian Beef. Can someone please give me a great recipe?
                            Thanks
                            Below is a (seemingly) pretty easy recipe. I've rarely seen Italian beef outside of Chicago.

                            Thanks,

                            Kevin

                            http://www.recipezaar.com/72096
                             
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                              firecommander3565

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                              • Location: Chicago, IL
                              RE: Mr. Beef Tue, 07/31/07 2:42 PM (permalink)
                              While Mr. Beef is a winner, ther are others in Chicago that can give you a Great Beef experience. My Chicago Beef Favorites are:

                              1) Boston's Beef (approx 2800 W. Grand ave.)

                              2) Al's Beef (approx 1050 W. tay;or)

                              3) Further down the road on Taylor St. there is the PATIO for all you beef and hotdog fans. The HotDogs are MUCH better here than at Als.

                              4) Buena Beef (all over the Chicago suburbsz). I recently ate here and have to say... it rates amongst , if not the BEST of all.

                              ENJOY !
                               
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                                rebeltruce

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                                RE: Mr. Beef Tue, 07/31/07 3:08 PM (permalink)
                                My last trip to Chicago, I tried two Buena Beef locations, both in the Shcaumburg (sp) area...I have to say in my humble opinion they both sucked.

                                I'd rather have the beef at Portillo's.....much better in my opinion.

                                My previous trip, I stopped at Al's...mmmmmmmmmmmmm that's a good Italian Beef! I had the combo beef and sausage at Al's the next night....man O man was that a treat...not something I'd eat everyday or even once a week......but I have to say I thought I'd died and went to heaven!!!

                                Here is dinner one evening while on my last trip!



                                I LOVE CHICAGO EATS!!!!!!!

                                 
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                                  dug

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                                  • Joined: 5/2/2003
                                  • Location: chicago, IL
                                  RE: Mr. Beef Tue, 07/31/07 4:53 PM (permalink)
                                  great pix,i couldn't help noticing the way you ripped into that portillo's bag!
                                  i know this topic was started almost three years ago however i'm happy to say the italian beef at mr. beef and al's on taylor street is still as enjoyable as ever!
                                  btw,the staff at al's were nice and very accomodating in packing some for my mom to take home.i craving some now!
                                   
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                                    kland01s

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                                    RE: Mr. Beef Wed, 08/1/07 6:28 AM (permalink)
                                    That's one good looking messy beef from Portillo's, I love them!
                                     
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                                      tsores

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                                      • Location: Evanston, IL
                                      RE: Mr. Beef Wed, 08/1/07 12:11 PM (permalink)
                                      quote:
                                      Originally posted by firecommander3565

                                      While Mr. Beef is a winner, ther are others in Chicago that can give you a Great Beef experience. My Chicago Beef Favorites are:

                                      1) Boston's Beef (approx 2800 W. Grand ave.)

                                      2) Al's Beef (approx 1050 W. tay;or)

                                      3) Further down the road on Taylor St. there is the PATIO for all you beef and hotdog fans. The HotDogs are MUCH better here than at Als.

                                      4) Buena Beef (all over the Chicago suburbsz). I recently ate here and have to say... it rates amongst , if not the BEST of all.

                                      ENJOY !


                                      I was at the Patio a few months ago. The beef lacks the punch of Al's, but the sandwich was gigantic in comparison.

                                      My all time favorite place is Johnnie's in Elmwood Park. Give it a try sometime.
                                       
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